Further Reading - Chapter 9
Culley L & Dyson S (2009) Ethnicity and Healthcare Practice
Quay Books, London
This provides an overview of the key issues in understanding the relationships between ethnicity and health. Although primarily for primary care each chapter includes a brief overview, examples of good practice and a resources section which is useful for other health professionals.
L. A. Culley and S. Dyson (eds): Ethnicity and Nursing Practice
London: Palgrave, 2001
This examines sociological theories of ethnicity, race and racisms, inequalities in physical and mental health, and issues of ethnic monitoring and interpreting, and considers specific areas of nursing and midwifery practice
For the health beliefs and experiences of gypsies and travellers, a group whose health is recognised as being poor even compared to other socially deprived groups, see Parry, G. Van Cleemput, P. Peters, J. et al 2007 Health status of gypsies and travellers in England. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 61(3)108-204
Van Cleemput, P. Parry, G. Thomas, K. Peters, J. Cooper, C 2007 Health related beliefs and experiences of gypsies and travellers. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 61(3)205-10
Hubert J 2006 Family carers' views of services for people with learning disabilities from Black and minority ethnic groups: a qualitative study of 30 families in a south London borough I 21:3:259-72 reports a qualitative study on BME experience of care services
An analysis of patient surveys that examine why patients from minority ethnic communities evaluate primary care more poorly than white patients is Mead N. Roland M, 2009 Understanding why some minority ethnic patients evaluate medical care more negatively than white patients: a cross sectional analysis of a routine patient survey in English general practices. BJM 339:b3450
McGhee D 2005 Intolerant Britain? Hate, Citizenship and difference Maidenhead: Open University Press uses case studies from recent history to examne issues such as racism and community and religious segregation. Although this volume is not about health the issues analysed impact on health and wellbeing.
Language barriers are a common cause of misunderstanding between health professionals and patients and the impact of this is discussed in Bischoff, A. Bovier, P. A. Isah, R. et al 2003 Language barriers between nurses and asylum seekers: their impact on symptom reporting and referral Social Science and Medicine 57:503-12
A. Henley and J. Schott: Culture, Religion and Patient Care in a Multi-ethnic Society
London: Age Concern, 1999
This is an extremely useful resource for providing, planning or managing care in all health care settings. It describes ways of identifying cultural and religious needs and offers sensitive and practical ways of meeting them whilst cautioning against the dangers of stereotyping.